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Wailuku Post Office Collects 10,413 Pounds of Food

June 24, 2014, 8:24 AM HST
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United States Post Office, Wailuku, Hawaiʻi.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

United States Post Office, Wailuku, Hawaiʻi. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Hawaiʻi mail carriers helped to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting more than 538,000 pounds of food in the state during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 22nd Annual Food Drive held in May.

That’s an 8% increase over the amount of food collected during last year’s drive, the US Postal Service announced.

Postal representatives say the Pearl City Post Office registered the highest amount of food collected in the state—at nearly 49,000 pounds.

The Wailuku Post Office led the way on the Valley Isle, with 10,413 pounds of food collected. That’s up from last year when a total of 9,088 pounds of food was collected at the Wailuku facility.

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The effort is considered the nation’s largest one-day effort to stamp out hunger, according to the US Postal Service.

During the food drive, postal customers were invited to fill up bags with non-perishable food donations and leave them next to their mailbox for pickup on the designated day.

The food collected will go to the Hawaiʻi Foodbank, which serves an estimated 118,000 people across the state through a network of more than 250 provider agencies, the announcement said.

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